Claremore Daily Progress

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January 19, 2014

Gridiron veteran ready for another show

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CLAREMORE —

Joining Wilson on stage this year will be other veterans and some new faces, among them, Anthony Wolfe, Bryan Bradley, Emily Mahan, Ben Neikirk and Kenny DeLozier. 
One notable absence from this year’s Gridiron will be Paul Bickford, who passed in April 2013.
“Paul was such a great cast member, and such an awesome person. He was so funny, and he really got into his characters,” she said. “We all really miss him.”
In trying to recollect outstanding memories from past Gridirons, Wilson says there are “too many to remember” — laughs onstage when things went awry or someone forgot their lines or there were technical difficulties — but her favorite thing about the show is always the time spent with cast during rehearsals.
“I think we have more fun getting ready for Gridiron than the audience has at the actual shows,” she said. “There’s so much fun backstage and when we’re getting ready for the shows — in the writing and the rehearsing of it. There’s never a time when we aren’t laughing.”
As Wilson puts herself in the right frame of mind for this week’s performances, she contemplates how many more Gridirons of which she may be   a part.
“Retiring (from Gridiron) has crossed my mind every now and then, but I have so much fun doing it, and I definitely want to be in next year’s Gridiron, which will be the 50th, so I know it’s going to be a big one,” she said. “We’ve talked about trying to get some of the old Gridiron faces to come back, but we’ll see. After next year, who knows?”
Audiences can see Wilson and her cast mates in “The News on (Route) 66,” the 49th annual Claremore Chamber of Commerce Gridiron, on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 in the RSU Centennial Center.
Friday’s performance will be Gridiron Scholarship Night, beginning at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s performance follows the Chamber banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. 
Tickets are available at the door or at the Chamber offices at 419 W. Will Rogers Boulevard. For more information, call (918) 341-2818. 

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